The birth of a perfect storm of violence, death, and political pandering in Charlottesville, VA,
August 11 & 12, 2017.
The Main Stream Media, Left-Wing Progressives, and Republican Elites are out in force laying the tragedy of Charlottesville at the feet of President Trump. Regardless of what he says, how he says it, he comes up deficient in the eyes of these Trump Haters.
None of the Trump Haters bother to look at the facts or at the actual words of the President. In order to understand what happened, it is critical to understand what led up to the myriad of tragedies that included the sad death of Heather Heyer, 32, of Charlottesville, VA.
Below is a timeline of the events so the reader can have actual facts when assessing the true events of the final two days of this blight on the American psyche. This story will start way back on May 30, 2017.
5/30/2017: Jason Kessler (resident of Charlottesville, VA), the founder of “Unite the Right” applied for a rally permit for his organization. The permit requested that Kessler’s group conduct a demonstration in Emancipation Park in the City of Charlottesville, VA. Kessler objected to the renaming of Lee Park to Emancipation Park as well as the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee as he objected to the removal of Confederate statues and the renaming of parks to eliminate Confederate references.
6/5/2017: The Lee Park was renamed Emancipation Park and the Jackson Park was renamed Justice Park by the City of Charlottesville, VA.
6/13/2017: US District Judge Glenn Conrad ruled that the City of Charlottesville had to grant the permit to Kessler and his Unite the Right group. The rally would take place on August 12, 2017, at Emancipation Park (formerly Lee Park). The city issued the permit on 6/13.
7/8/2017: 50 North Carolina KKK members held a rally at Justice Park (formerly Jackson Park). 1,000 counter-protesters met the 50 KKK members at the park. The counter-protesters carried signs with “Black Lives Matter” and “Smash White Supremacy“. 22 of the counter-protesters and KKK were arrested.
The KKK entered Justice Park in the afternoon and after being confronted by 100 police officers, some in full riot gear, and 1,000 counter-protesters, left some 40 minutes after the rally began. The counter-protesters followed the KKK out of the park to their cars but the police prevented any direct confrontation with the KKK. The event ended without any major incident other than the arrests.
7/17/2017: Judge Conrad acknowledged that counter-protesters had submitted applications for assembly permits on the same day as the Kessler Unite the Right rally on August 12. Local news organizations reported that Walt Heinecke has applied for counter-protest rally permits on August 12th, for both McGuffey and Justice Parks. At this point, the Kessler rally was permitted for a different park even though they were close in proximity. The Heinecke permits had not yet been approved by the city.
8/7/2017: (Monday) The city notified Kessler that his Unite the Right rally permit had been revoked. The city also told Kessler that the city was modifying the permit to move his rally to McIntire Park, a mile away from Emancipation Park (Lee Park). But, the city did not take any action to modify or revoke the pending permit for Heinecke’s counter-protest.
8/9/2017: (Wednesday) The city granted the 2 permits by Heinecke for his counter-protest against the Unite the Right rally. The permit was granted to “Peoples Action for Racial Justice” and the organizer Heinecke.
8/10/2017: (Thursday Evening): Kessler filed an “Instant Action” request to Judge Conrad to contest the City’s revocation of his permit. The ACLU of Virginia represented Kessler and his Unite the Right rally group.
8/11/2017: (Friday Morning): Kessler and the ACLU filed an instant motion for preliminary injunctive relief against the City’s revocation. Written briefs and oral arguments were presented to Judge Conrad. (This was the day before the rally was to take place)
8/11/2017: (Afternoon): Judge Conrad ruled against the City and granted Kessler injunctive relief against the City’s revocation of his permit. The Kessler rally was cleared to take place on 8/12/2017 at Emancipation Park (Lee Park), not McIntire Park. The Judge basically agreed with Kessler that the City’s argument were merely against his “views” which violated his 1st Amendment rights. The Judge also ruled that moving the Kessler rally would not dissuade Heinecke’s counter-protesters from following the Kessler no matter where it would be held in the City. The Judge also stated: “Thus, a change in the location of the demonstration would not eliminate the need for members of the City’s law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services personnel to appear at Emancipation Park. Instead, it would necessitate having personnel present at two locations in the City.” THE JUDGE WARNED THE CITY OF ITS DUTY TO PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR CITIZENS AND PARTICIPANTS.
Day of the Rally and Protest
8/12/2017: (Saturday, 9:39am): Violence broke out at Justice Park that was permitted for use to Heinecke and his Peoples Action for Racial Justice. The ACLU confirmed that there was violence on both sides and that there was no police presence at the time of the altercation, State or City.
8/12/2017: (Saturday, 10:55AM): Matthew Heimbach, a self-described Fascist and head of the Traditional Worker’s Party stated that he and others were willing to die for his cause and for self-protection. He was supported by a group of White-Supremacists affiliates. When the White-Supremacists met up with the Counter-Protesters in the downtown area, they began beating each other with improvised weapons, fists, feet and pepper sprays. The police did little or nothing to break up the melee. Riot gear clad Virginia State Militia were a little more engaged in breaking up the fights.
8/12/2017: (Saturday, 11:06 AM): The Albemarle County and Charlottesville City declared a LOCAL State of Emergency that would begin at 11:06AM. The declaration allowed local, NOT STATE, to request additional resources as needed to ensure the safety surrounding the Rally and Counter-Protest.
8/12/2017: (Saturday, 11;28AM): Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a State of Emergency for Charlottesville, VA. McAuliffe stated that State Police Virginia National Guard, and Virginia Dept. of Emergency Management are ON THE GROUND IN CHARLOTTESVILLE. The declaration was missing a time stamp and the signature of the governor nor the Secretary of the Commonwealth which is a bit odd.
8/12/2017: (Saturday, 11:35AM): The Charlottesville Police posted on Facebook that the “Unlawful assembly has been declared for rally at Emancipation Park” (the Kessler permitted rally/protest). It was not clear nor confirmed whether the Chief of Police or another official approved the declaration. Facebook postings are not official notifications. The police on scene at Emancipation Park notified those in the area that the assembly had been designated as “Unlawful” at 11:40AM and that everyone was order to vacate the area. The City nor the State officials state the basis of the revocation of the permit and the rally; neither entity stated which official had the power and actually deemed the permit to be invalid; did the city council authorized the Chief of Police to designate the rally as unlawful or to declare the permit invalid. The police officer on site invoked the authority of the Commonwealth of Virginia versus the City of Charlottesville. If the rally at Emancipation Park was deemed unlawful, why wasn’t the rally at McIntire Park deemed unlawful and all participants ordered to leave the areas?
August 12, 2017: (11:40AM): The University of Virginia’s The Cavalier Daily reported: “Law enforcement officers in full riot gear then began forming a line at the rear of Emancipation Park, slowly moving forward to push people out of the park and toward the counter-protesters, many of whom were acting aggressively. Police warned anyone who remained in the park, on the street or in the sidewalk that they would be arrested.” (Italics added for emphasis) The police further exacerbated the co-mingling of rally and counter-protest participants: “Following the declaration of an unlawful assembly, many of the protesters began moving to McIntire Park, with others dispersing entirely and some staying to protest on the Downtown Mall opposite both police and counter-protesters.
Peaceful counter-protests were set up in McGuffey Park and Justice Park near downtown to provide the community with a quiet respite, offering a place to rest, first aid, water and food to those who needed it.”
8/12/2017: (11:40 – 1:42PM): Sporadic violence continued throughout the late morning and early after noon with both sides being forced into close proximity. Then, at 1:42PM, Heather D. Heyer, 32, of Charlottesville, VA was struck down by a car driven intentionally into the crowd of peaceful counter-protesters at the intersection of 4th Street, SE and East Water Street, downtown Charlottesville. James A. Fields, Jr., White Supremacists, 20, of Maumee, Ohio, has been charged in the murder of Heather Heyer.
The perfect storm of co-mingling White Supremacists with Black Lives Matter and Peoples Action for Racial Justice in a relatively small area of a relative small town (Pop. 46,000); add in the emotionally charged topic of removing Confederate statues and renaming parks that were named after Confederate leaders and soldiers; and top it off with flawed assembly permit planning and poor law enforcement execution by State and Local officials, and you have the Charlottesville tragedy and the death of two police officers and a peaceful protestor, Heather Heyer.
It is idiotic to divert attention from this tragedy and instead play sick politics by trying to blame the President of the United States for not condemning White Supremacists enough or for condemning the White Supremacists and the Counter-Protesters for inciting the violence. Is there a moral equivalence when both parties are inciting violence, YES.
Is there a moral equivalence between White Supremacists and BLM or Antifa? The question is not what they purport stand for, but rather their actions! IF both commit murders, destroy private property, or assault others, then both are criminals and their cause or what they say they stand for is irrelevant.
White Supremacy as a concept is abhorrent and should be universally condemned. Thankfully their numbers are small (see Players and Definitions below). Antifa’s assault on the Freedom of Speech and unlawful destruction of private and public property and the BLM follower’s who assaulted or murdered police officers, should also be universally condemned.
Players and Definitions:
Permit applicant and holder on behalf of the nonprofit “Unite the Right” (UR). UR’s protest in Charlottesville on August 11 and 12 turned into the Charlottesville tragedy, leaving 3 dead and many injured. Kessler’s political leanings are mixed to say the least. He has been reported to support everything from left-wing Occupy Wall Street to White Supremacists. Kessler was represented by the ACLU defending his rights to assembly right up to the day of the riots. This left-wing legal organization also blamed BOTH SIDES for inciting violence…
Ku Klux Klan:
This organization was founded by members of the Democrat party just after the Civil War in 1865. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a Left-Wing organization, describes the Klan’s participation today as: “Today, the Center (Southern Poverty Law Center) estimates that there are between 5,000 and 8,000 Klan members, split among dozens of different – and often warring – organizations that use the Klan name.” As described by the SPLC, the group pretty much hates everything: “Although black Americans have typically been the Klan’s primary target, it also has attacked Jews, immigrants, gays and lesbians and, until recently, Catholics.” This is at its core a hate group no matter how you define it.
Neo-Nazis/American Nazi Party:
These people borrow elements from Nazi doctrine, including ultra-nationalism, racism, ableism, xenophobia, homophobia, antiziganism, anti-Semitism, and initiating the Fourth Reich. Holocaust denial is a common feature, as is the incorporation of Nazi symbols and admiration of Adolf Hitler. Other than that, they sound like a swell group! (sarcasm) This is also a hate group at its core. The SPLC estimate that they have less than 1,000 members across the US.
This is not a single organization or group but is an aggregate of groups like the KKK and Neo-Nazis. The SPLC lumps almost organization they perceive to be a hate group made up of Caucasian individuals. The SPLC estimate that there are about 1,000 “organizations” in this category. But, given the population of the KKK and New-Nazi groups, the total affiliates probably number less than 25,000 people. This represents less than 1/100th of a percent of the US population! Even if you assume that the WS = 250,000, this would still only equal 1/10th of a percent the US population. These people are not only fringe and a hate group, they are irrelevant and on the outer fringe of society.
Virginia State and Charlottesville, VA Government and Law Enforcement Hierarchy: